Allana Clarke

Biography

Allana Clarke (b. 1987) is a Trinidadian-American artist whose practice is built upon a foundation of uncertainty, curiosity, a will to heal, and an insistence upon freedom. Fluidly moving through photography, sculptural and text-based works, video and performance, her research-based practice incorporates socio-political and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, the binding nature of bodily signification, and of the possibility to create non-totalizing identifying structures.

Clarke received her BFA in photography from New Jersey City University in 2011 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2014. She is an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Clarke has been an artist in residence at the CulturalDC, Bennington College, NXTHVN, The Vermont Studio Center, Lighthouse Works, and Yaddo. She has received several grants including the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund, a Puffin Foundation Grant, Red Bull Arts Micro Grant and last year a grant by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts FCA.

Her work has been screened and performed at the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, Williams College, Williamstown, The Kitchen On-Screen Series, Gibney Dance in NY, Invisible Export NY, New School Glassbox Studio NY, FRAC in Nantes, France, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and was featured in the Bauhaus Centennial edition Bauhaus Now: Is Modernity an Attitude.In 2021 Clarke’s work was part of the group exhibition Social Works at Gagosian in New York and in 2022-2023 part of the exhibition Home/Work at Gagosian Gallery in Miami. Other important group exhibitions have taken place at the Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, the Fridman Gallery in New York and the Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland.

Biography

Born 1987 in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

Lives and works in Detroit, MI, USA

Education & Teaching

2020

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

2017 – 2020

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA

2014 – 2017

Adjunct Professor of Photography, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2014

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA

MFA, Interdisciplinary, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

2011

BFA Photography, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Residencies

2024

Cultural DC, Washington DC, DC

2022

Bennington College, Bennington, VT

2021

NXTHVN, New Haven, CT

2020

Pearl Arts Diving Residency, Pittsburgh, PA

2019

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2015

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY

ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI

2014

Ordinary Project, Chicago, IL

Awards & Fellowships

2023

FCA Emergency Arts Grant

2021

Red Bulll Arts Micro Grant

2019

Puffin Foundation Grant

2015

Franklin Furnace Fund Grant

2014

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship

Vermont Studio Center Civil Society Fellowship

MICA Skowhegan Matching Fellowship

2013

Peter W. Brooke Endowed Fellowship for the Mt. Royal School of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Scholarship, Baltimore, MD

2012

Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Scholarship, Baltimore, MD

Upcoming

2024

Allana Clarke: Tender, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Solo Exhibitions

Linger, Library Street Collective, Detroit, Michigan, USA

2023

I Feel Everything, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Renunciation, two-person exhibition with Corinne Spencer, SOVA Gallery, University of Oklahoma, USA

2022 – 2023

Allana Clarke. A Particular Fantasy, Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, Bennington, VT & Art Omi, Ghent, NY, USA

Allana Clarke. An Infinitive Breath, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2021

The Armory Show with HOUSING Gallery, 2021 Gramercy International Prize Winner, two-person presentation with Nathanial Olivier, New York, USA

Yet Here We Were, Art Basel OVR: Pioneers, Galerie Thomas Zander, Basel, Switzerland

2020

What Lies Beneath is Already on the Surface, Two person exhibition with Alejandro T. Acierto, Langer Over Dickie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2019

Relative Semblance, WDR+G, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2016

When I Feel the Need to Be, I Can Not Regard the Pain of Others, Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

|Sindikit| Projects Presents: Joyce Scott + Allana Clarke, Baltimore, MD, USA

Group Exhibitions

2022 – 2023

HOME/WORK, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

2022

FRONT International 2022, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, USA

Expo Chicago, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Art Düsseldorf, Galerie Thomas Zander, Duesseldorf, Germany

In These Truths, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, USA

2021

Art Cologne, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Social Works, Gagosian, New York, NY, USA

Alternating Currents, Fridman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

NXTHVN Group Show, James Cohen Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Un/Common Proximity, James Cohen Gallery, NY, USA

2020

Wrecked Alphabet, Broodthaers Society of America, Harlem, NY, USA

2019

Do-Over, Unrequited Leisure, Nashville, TN, USA

2018

Indoor Outposts, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France

2017

That Around Which the Universe Revolves, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Spiral/Recoil, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE, USA

Let Me Look At You, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA, USA

No Agenda, Williamstown Town Hall, Williamstown, MA, USA

2016

A Seed Don’t Make a Tree, ACRE Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

A (Mis) Perceived Physique, Target Gallery @ Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA

Love2016, Columbia University Neiman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014

Desired, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA

Surfaced, D Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

Femme, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, USA

SlamUp!, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD, USA

Paths That Cross, 313 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion, Grace Exhibition space (Volta NYC), Brooklyn, NY, USA

2013

3x3x3, Leidy & Riggs Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

Texture of the Drift, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD, USA

Transmorgrify, Emmanuel Church, Baltimore, MD, USA

2012

Mount Royal Fall Show, Leidy & Riggs Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

2011

In Her Strength, The Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2010

Process Impact: A National Exhibition of Activist Art, Murray State University, Murray, KY, USA

Nouns, 32 Jones Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2009

Breaking Boundaries II: International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Visiting Artist Lectures/Panels

2023

University of Oklahoma, Visiting Artist Panel Discussion

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture

2022

Bennington College, Visiting Artist Lecture

2021

Cerebral Women Art Talks Podcast, December 2021 episode

Museum of African American Art San Francisco, In the Artists Studio interview

2020

Cuesta College Laboratory Speaker Series

Archives of American Art Pandemic Oral Histories, Smithsonian Institute

2018

Panelist: Women Artists: Reshaping the Conversation, Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY

University of Chicago Open Practice Committee Lecture Series

2017

Mount Royal School of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series

2014

SUNY New Paltz Visiting Artist for Andrew Hamilton’s Intro to Sculpture Course

Performances

2018

A Recollection of Memories Associated with My Being & How I Forgot Them, Women Between the Arts Performance Series, New School Glassbox Studio, New York, NY

2016

Notes on Belonging to Boundaries, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Archeology of a Silence: A Duet, Invisible Exports Gallery (In Conjunction with Hard & Fast: Clifford Owens, a Solo Exhibition), New York, NY

ShowDown: Archeology of a Silence: A Duet, Gibney Dance, New York, NY

2015

Bearden Migrations Symposium, Columbia University, New York, NY (Performance collaboration with Clifford Owens)

In Situ, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (Performance Collaboration with Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong & Clifford Owens)

Screenings

2022

The Kitchen On-Screen Series

2017

Dance/Performance in Interdisciplinary Perspective symposium, ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2016

Are You Loathsome?, Video Revival, Brooklyn, NY

Thomasson Theature Presents: ThatInItself, 426 West Franklin, Baltimore, MD

2015

The Divine Feminine, Black House Cinema, Chicago, IL

Publications

2024

Allana Clarke. An Infinitive Breath, Zander Galerie, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne

2021

Allana Clarke Talks Back to History by Morgan Jerkins, Art in America New Talent Issue

At Gagosian, Art That Reverberates Beyond the Gallery Walls by Holland Cotter, New York Times

Antwaun Sargent Muses on Space and the Black Social Practice at Gagosian by Pearl Fontaine, Whitewall

2019

D’Souza, Aruna: ‘The Ambivalence of Care’ in ‘Relative Semblance’, exh. cat., WDG + R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Dionne-Krosnick, Ariele: ‘Appropriation Mediation’ in ‘Do-Over’, exh. cat., Unrequited Leisure, Nashville, TN

2016

Jessica Almereyda, “Sharing the Void: Boundlessness in Allana Clarke’s ‘Notes on Belonging to Boundaries,’” Filthy Dreams (website)

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